It’s that time of the year again. When the unelected people who give your taxpayers money to their friends and family give even more of it to even more of their friends and family and even charge you for the privilege of watching them rub their greedy little hands together. This year it seems that a number of University Professors have fallen on hard times as well as the usual suspects like Owen ‘bad boy’ Sheers, ‘Gross Writer’, ‘Horrid Henry’ and ‘Gloating Gower’.
This year, in Pulp of the Year 2016 the nominees are: Philip Gross (previous parasite), Paul Henry (bursary regular – £6,425), Stephen Payne (Professor who needs the cash?), Kate Hamer (bursary score – £5,000), Thomas Morris (lives in Dublin but still got a ticket), Owen Sheers (more public cash thrown at him than any other shit writer?), Jasmine Donahaye (Cash score – £20,000+), Eluned Gramich (other public money – £1,000), Daniel G. Williams (Professor who needs more cash), Mererid Hopwood (bursary score – £6,000), Gruffudd Owen (Arts Council Trougher), Cen Williams (big jobs for the boys), Jon Gower (bursary score – £8,000), Caryl Lewis (Wales Literature Exchange), Dewi Prysor (was interesting until he made this list), Simon Brooks (bursary score – £2,003), Gruffydd Aled Williams (another hard-up Professor) and Emyr Glyn Williams.
We all know that the arts council gets too much money. And we all know that they waste it on free wine, sandwiches and events that no-one outside a small circle of rich, middle-class friends goes to, but how many people know just how much these parasitic organisms actually consume of taxpayers money?
Well, now we do. Early in Dec 2015 the Welsh Assembly (you know the one, the one that is supposed to create jobs and prosperity for the people of Wales, the one that is residing over the biggest cuts to council budgets ever) decided (quite rightly) to cut the arts council budget by a meagre 4.7%.
So what you might say? But then Arts Council Chair, Prof. Dai Smith, said:
“… The proposed funding next year of over £30m is a substantial investment in the arts and we welcome the Welsh Government’s continuing commitment. This is not an accident – it is the result of more than a decade of sustained public and Lottery investment in our cultural life…”
Hang on a minute, did he just say £30 million! Yep. And they complain!
So who exactly gets this £30 million? Do you know any writers or artists that have had a share? Answers on a postcard please…
But guess what? Not content with this huge amount of public money for producing… mmm? well, shit really, these greedy bastards then enrol the help of the supposedly unbiased (don’t all laugh together) BBC in order to fight the cuts!
And guess what, they got their way.
Among those seeing large increases in their funding are the absolutely fucking awful Artes Mundi, Disability Arts Cymru, Mid Wales Opera and National Theatre Wales.
The Welsh National Opera will receive an additional £250,000 on top of the £4.5m it previously received.
I bet single mothers everywhere are celebrating that one up and down the country.
Five groups – the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias music centre in Caernarfon, Cardiff-based NoFit State Circus, Independent Ballet Wales, the Sinfonia Cymru orchestra and Abergavenny-based Theatr Ffynnon will receive guaranteed ACW funding for the first time.
Among the recipients of the biggest increases in funding are National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera and Ruthin Craft Centre.
Did you hear about the poor old writers who are now quaking in their Hunters on their farms bought by us the taxpayer? Well, it seems that the times of cash for crap – or to put it another way, money for nothing could soon be over.
Thanks to the cuts at Cardiff council they now can’t afford to give money away to an arts establishment that already gets millions from the taxpayer in order to help finance the Cardiff Poetry competition. Not that it was much of a competition in the first place, with nearly all winners being ex-students of the various universities anyway, and very few of the winning poems being any good.
But one must ask why Literature Wales still can’t run a poetry competition? How many people does it take for God’s sake! One useless bimbo to open the envelopes, one to bank the cheques and one to divide the poems up into two piles – ‘my friends’ and the rest. Then pay a judge no-one has ever heard of to pick a pile of rubbish as winners from the ‘my friends’ list. Easy.
This month sees yet another £81,000 of taxpayers money dished out to so-called “writers” no-one has ever heard of. True, there are a few unpublished writers in there too (six we counted, although LW say it is eleven) but once again the vast majority of the cash is gifted to “published” writers – most, if not all, are unknown, talentless and worse still – previous bursary recipients! Disgusting you might say? Well, we’ll agree with you.
But if this serious business of handing out taxpayers money without scrutiny wasn’t enough, Literature Wales even have the gall to announce to the world that they have awarded over £1 million in Writers’ Bursaries to their friends and family!
And out of that million quid the only “famous” writers they can come up with are: Belinda Bauer, Lloyd Jones, Daniel Morden & Gwyneth Lewis. Yes, you’re right again, no-one outside Wales has ever heard of them.
How sad that in this, Dylan Thomas’s centenary year, LW still can’t give 100% of its financial support to new writers!
Link to who got what this year – click here.